Monday, September 19, 2016
An open letter to Sirius/XM MLB Radio....
(You can just ignore the embedded commercial, though it does kind of fit part of my rant because its about the LA Dodgers....)
Dear hosts of Sirius/XM Channel 89 and Major League Baseball,
1. I don't know where you got the idea that we want to hear Tommy Lasorda wax poetic about baseball for three minutes before each pre-game segment, but we really don't. I doubt even Dodgers fans are all that interested in listening to Lasorda blather about kids and dirt and bats and balls and the smell of autumn in the air blah blah blah, but if you must include his dopey dialogue you could at least confine it to those games.
2. I don't know why you think that we want to hear endless interviews with players, or why you think you can sell us on those guest spots merely by telling the hosts to sound excited about them-- "Coming next, we'll have the backup catcher for the San Diego Padres farm team, I'm really hyped about it! I mean, I am seriously PUMPED!" All they do is make me change the channel- and yes, very often I forget to change it back. For days.
3. If you do insist on featuring these interviews, could you PLEASE insist that the hosts go beyond the insultingly inane, lazy questions we simply don't give a damn to have answered and which don't provide even a modicum of insight? Enough already with the "how excited are you to be in the playoff race" and "how cool is it to be a teammate of (insert player we couldn't get to come on the show here?") These are questions a kid working for his High School newspaper would be embarrassed to ask.
4. The other day you actually had the UFC Heavyweight Champion as a guest. WTF? Why don't you just scream "I'm bored with baseball" and get it over with? I'd ask what's next, but I don't think you can sink lower than that.
5. Postgame shows provide local flavor. Stop cutting them off so you can return to generic blather with your national hosts. The less of them the better.
There's more, but I'll save it for another letter.
Sincerely, XM Radio Subscriber (since 2003.)